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Micromax Canvas LapTab review: Affordable but not desirable

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Tablets were expected to dethrone notebooks but they never truly managed to do so. iPads are still considered to be the best slates; we felt Microsoft will try to change the situation by bringing in Surface devices to India, but the company chose not to. Instead of bringing the Surface (seeing it as a costly proposition) Microsoft opted for the more sensible route of 2-in-1 hybrids in association with Intel.

Slew of domestic names like iBall, Notion Ink and Micromax among others signed for the initiative which resulted in products priced less than Rs 20,000 and later went down to as low as Rs 14,999. No offence to iBall and party but it’s quite obvious that Micromax will fetch more buyers, even though they are new in this segment.

LapTab is what they call it and unlike the one which was showcased at CES 2014, the one to be annouced has all the features to supplement use of notebook without costing a lot. (To give you a closer look into how the Laptab’s keyboard performs, we decided to write down this review on the device itself. PS: pardon the typo errors and other mistakes)

What is it?

As we mentioned above, LapTab is a 2-in-1 device which doubkes up as tabket and notebook. Priced at Rs 14,999 the product is available exclusively with Amazon in the coubtry.

Who is it for?

LapTab is aimed at users with need to replace their home PCs, with power that is sufficiebt for basic activities like browsing the Web, watching mobies but gaming won’t be its biggest suite.

Design

That’s the thing with affordable devices, there’s hardly anything to look forward to when it comes to design, and the looks are quite negligible as well. While the perception is gradually changing in the mobile sphere, there’s still some way to go before hybrids can be talked up in same breatg.

Luckily, Micromax has given it some thought and which is why LapTab comes across as a decent bet for its price point, from its design and make point of view. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still got the plain-jane look but with its metallic textured finishing, at least they’ve made a product that doesn’t carry the threat of falling apart.

The hinge system isn’t the most convincing and there’s a good chance of losing the grip over the tablet when attached to the dock. The fitting isn’t the most reliable part of the Laptab and that for a 2-in-1 hybrid could end up hurting its chances. It remains farly solid till the time the display is stuck and kept open but the moment you close down the lid the deficiency shows up big time.

The trackpad is quite easy-to-use and responsive; only if Micromax had opted for a bigger size. Same goes for the keyboard which as you might have noticed by now takes a lot of patience, backspacing and prwctise to get used to. We get that for 10.1-inch form size it is hard to fit in a bigger unit, but if Acer could manage something better then surely Micromax could have afforded one as well.

They keys are quite smallish and that for normal size of hand could be problematic which is why you end up getting the kind of mistakes that are prominent in this pieve. Having said that, we do like the tactile feedback of the keys and just wish if they could have been a big more accommodating to type.

Hardware

As expected, LapTab is by no means a power house device but for what it’s worth you’re getting the bare minimum. LapTab sports a 10.1-inch 1280x800p resolution touch display that is okayish in most cases, but the panels can’t be relied upon when used outside.

For its power you get an Intel Atom quad-core 4th gen CPU with 2GB RAM and there’s enough space to fit in 32gigs worth storage; mostly which gets eaten up by the Windows and other applications. Thankfully, there’s a fully functional USB 2.0 port on the docking board but we dearly would have liked another one. They have managed to add 2MP snapper on both sides which is just an add-on feature that should be available these days for users. We ran our typical set of benchmark tools to gauge its usefulness and LapTab delivered what was measly expected out of it.

LapTab is quite reminiscent to the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx we tried out last year but the former is available for almost one third of the price of the latter. Frankly, there’s nothing to write home about the LapTab’s performance; however, we couldn’t find much to fault as well which should work out quite fine.

Battery

If hybrids are meant to fulfill productivity on-the-go, then Laptab is sure-shot to have a battery capability that can last a mile. While Micromax offered claims of 10 hours life, we found those numbers to be misleading. During our usage patterns, we found the LapTab losing out on juice at a brisk rate, especially when the display was set at mid-range level.

With Imtec Benchmark, LapTab showed just about five hours life. Also, even if you lose out on battery, there’s a good chance you might get stuck with recharging the device. Yes, we do like the fact that a micro-USB port is responsible for charging up, but the power required for a 6,000mAh unit is not getting the right support. Our charging patterns were quite discouraging from all stand points and that could be another cause of concern for the user.

The good

Amazing price
Touch support display with Windows offerings
2-in-1 natured hybrid

Tragic flaw

Delicately constructed
Small-size keyboard and trackpad
Average battery life and long-time charging issue
Best for PC-like basic usage

Verdict

Micromax Canvas LapTab is the cheapest Windows 2-in-1 you can buy in the country but it comes with its set of baggage. The size is right for display but everything else could have been bigger and better. You won’t get much storage space so it’s advisable to have a USB drive or hard disk handy for work purpose. It’s a reliable performer with an average battery life and even mediocre charging support. For Rs 14,999 LapTab is a good first attempt and we’ll leave it at that. Period!